Thursday, September 18, 2014

Skating Season is Upon Us

        As some long time followers know I skate all winter. I have also posted on skating about 15 times. So I have probably said all there is to say about skating without repeating myself.

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       In my town we have senior skating on Tues. and Fri from the first Tues in Sept to the last Tues in April. This year we skated until mid may. So seniors have many opportunities to skate.

     Skating ability varies widely but everybody has great fun. We get good exercise and socialize with some great people. My skating has even improved a bit over the years. I've come to know some great people in skating. 

     This year I'm more satisfied with my skating than last year. A few problems gradually crept up on me for the last few years. For some reason a major muscle on my right leg weakened and another muscle tried to compensate for the weak muscle. It resulted in some scary weakness in the right leg. It got so bad this spring that I went to physio therapy. They explained what had happened and worked with me and gave me stretches and exercises to do. When they say 12 reps three times a day , they mean it. I didn't get up to that amount and got discouraged because little improvement occurred. I finally had to say to myself, "Look, this is going to take effort." I put in the effort and have improved greatly. Everything in my daily life improved. My cycling has improved. I was almost ready to quit cycling. I'm close to where I was a few years ago.I hadn't noticed that there was a problem until it was almost too late. 
   
    There's only one thing wrong with skating! We should have many more skaters.

34 comments:

  1. Already! I know you enjoy it and I am certain since you are in tip top shape it will be a good skating year for you! :)

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    1. Well, I am far from tip top shape. But that's something to shoot for.

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  2. You are a brave man to strap those on your feet! I'd need to be wrapped in bubbler wrap and pillows! I can't roller skate either! Ugh! Broke my tail bone and I was done.
    Cheri

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    1. Sure, you could do this! The old roller skates were hazardous. they could do very unexpected things. I wish skate boards had come in earlier.

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  3. Skating was a short lived craze here in the seventies. I found it a bruising experience so good luck with another season.

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    1. Well, I have some other activities that end up being bruising. My bicycle talks back once in a while.

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  4. Keep enjoying your sport as long as you can.
    Unfortunately with my back problems ( polio as a 2 yr. old, then equestrian falls and tennis etc.) - well all those are not ideal for keeping a back in good shape. Damn.

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    1. My mentor is now 92 and still skating well.

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  5. I think it is very good of you to have the exercise of skating and still going on with it. Great you have overcome your injury and can use your leg again. Have fun with the skating.

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    1. I think my problem was caused by trying to favor a bad hip .

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  6. You also know I skate as well and this year we have a brand new Arena to skate in. Hoping to be in there soon as it just opened. Ain't life grand Sir Red :)

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    1. I'm sure you'll have fun with the new arena. Ours is old...built in 1948.

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  7. Skating is a lot of fun, and a great way to stay in shape. I should get back into it. I haven't skated in ages!

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    1. Yes, by all means , go back skating.

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  8. Nice to have a good rink to use. I love to be on the ice, it makes me feel the best.

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    1. If you're a capable skater it's most pleasant.

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  9. Having grown up in Virginia, my skating was limited to the sidewalk kind with a metal key, although I did enjoy (wobbly) ice skating the few times I tried it here in Massachusetts.
    I'm very impressed with your continuous efforts at fitness.

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    1. I don't like the options if I would quit being active.

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  10. oh, good for you! so glad you looked into the problem and listened to their advice! :)

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    1. Well, after a while I listened to the advice.

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  11. Tonya Harding ruined skating for most of us Oregonians. Remember her at the Olympics with Nancy Kerrigan? Oh, the shame!

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    1. Tonya Harding was a piece of work. I think there were many people behind her in that incident.

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  12. Your commenters are like sitting around a coffee shop with a bunch of good friends. I follow almost every one of them, too. Glad to hear you are now doing much better with that physical problem and get to skate! Yayy! :-)

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    1. It is a good conversation. The problem sneaked up on me and I didn't realize I had a problem.

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  13. I'm glad you have strengthened what could have been an ongoing problem for you, Red. It sounds like you have a great skating season ahead of you.

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    1. I was about ready to purchase a cane.

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  14. I hope you have a great skating season. But maybe have a consultation again before the start? Cheers :))

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    1. Thanks. I can feel the difference and it's good.

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  15. I'm glad your leg is better and hope it stays that way. Hard to enjoy skating or anything with leg pain. Love your skates!

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  16. Good for you. I haven't skated since my teens but then I haven't lived anywhere with a rink since then either.

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  17. I hate that when exercise is the key, but I also know it works. Had to do some PT last year to get back in working order. I love that you ice skate. A few years ago, I tried to roller skate and was scared to death. But ice skating, I'll always be able to that. Enjoyed this visit.

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  18. So glad the physio and your exercises have helped you conquer the muscles problems so you cycle and skate happily!

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  19. I sure wish I could watch you skate, Red. I really did try a very long time ago, but just couldn't balance. I do love watching my granddaughter though.

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  20. You are an amazing role model! my hubby is doing well with his exercises. I could do some, too!

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